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Ringtail Trail

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Length

5.8 Miles 9.4 Kilometers


Singletrack

Elevation

233' 71 m

Ascent

-1,749' -533 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

15%

Max Grade (8°)

8,031' 2,448 m

High

6,348' 1,935 m

Low

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A very fun section of a larger loop at Indian Creek.

Michael Ahnemann

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This trail starts out from the Indian Creek campground/parking area. Just past the gate at the western end of the lot is the Indian Creek trailhead. Follow this trail up about .7 miles to an intersection of a dirt road and two singletrack trailheads, one of which you just ascended. A 'Ringtail' sign clearly marks the trailhead opposite you on the east side of the of intersection.

After entering the trail, you'll ascend for about 1 mile, until hitting a high point. From here it's 95% downhill. Things get looser & tighter as you near the bottom - switchbacks may sneak up on you if you're not careful.

When you reach the bottom, you'll be at the Swallowtail trailhead, which is part of Nelson Ranch Open Space.

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May 9, 2018
Caleb McNutt
15.1mi
Oct 21, 2017
Brennan Pecha
Aug 26, 2017
Rob S
Jul 3, 2017
Paul Thomas
Jun 14, 2017
Sarah Harvey
Mar 11, 2017
Greg Neel
No one else on the trail 6.1mi
Aug 20, 2016
Matt Milliron
11.6mi
Oct 17, 2015
Nathan Budge

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  4.3 from 12 votes

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Geoffry Lee
Denver, CO
Geoffry Lee   Denver, CO
What is the best way to get back the beginning or parking lot? Best place to park? Oct 28, 2015
I'd say this one is a bit tougher than advertised if you do the out and back...that climbing on the way back is a slog. Jun 6, 2016
It is possible to link this back to the Indian Creek Trail #800 - once you get to the Swallotwail trail connector, you can ride to the CR5 connector - which takes you back to Trail #800 - it will be a good climb back to the high-point on that trail before you blast back down to the parking lot - I haven't made the full loop - but have been out and back for an 11+ mile outing. I'll update once I complete the tour. Jul 20, 2016

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